Daniel Cormier’s decision to move down to light heavyweight was done because his AKA training partner – and close friend – Cain Velasquez is the current UFC heavyweight champion.
The two have talked quite often about not meeting each other inside the Octagon, saying each day in San Jose you can see them going at it.
However, for Cormier’s training ahead of his UFC 170 fight with Patrick Cummins, “DC” was forced to push through without Velasquez.
Velasquez underwent shoulder surgery recently after he defeated Junior dos Santos last year to successfully defend his title. He could return later this year, likely facing the winner of Fabricio Werdum-Travis Browne.
“It was tougher (without Velasquez),” admitted Cormier, during the pre-fight press conference. “You can’t replace him; he’s the best in the world. He works harder than anybody my size.
“I used Luke Rockhold and other partners, mixing them up. Everyday I sparred three different guys.”
Cormier did say that Velasquez “was around to do my cardio with me and speed and agility work.
“He was there to hang out.”
As was the norm for the press conference, Cormier made sure to get a shot in on his opponent. The two have had several verbal exchanges since Cummins was announced as the replacement for Rashad Evans.
“Every training partner that I had could beat Patrick Cummins,” he stated.
For all you Matt Hughes and Matt Serra fans out there, UFC president Dana White has some bad news.
Hughes and Serra engaged in a lengthy Twitter conversation recently that led to both fighters sounding down for a rematch with one another.
Both former champions haven’t fought in a few years, but they appeared ready to get back into the gym and train once again.
Well, White isn’t all for it.
“I get it, they don’t like each other,” White said (thanks to MMAFighting.com for the quotes). It’s not even a sideshow. This doesn’t need to happen.”
White credited both men with helping build the UFC to what it has become today, but made light of the weight both men have gained since retiring.
“Where are they going to fight, super heavyweight?” he asked.
“The World’s Most Dangerous Man,” Ken Shamrock, has a new title: “World’s Most Dangerous Bodyguard.”
Shamrock, who has worked with 50 Cent before, is now protecting pop sensation Fergie from overzealous fans.
“Taking care of the best with PRO-TECT SECURITY,” Shamrock posted on Twitter.
— KEN SHAMROCK (@ShamrockKen) February 21, 2014
If you don’t know who Felice Herrig is, we are here to tell you.
Herrig, a member of the Team Curran fight camp, is set to appear on the upcoming Ultimate Fighter all-female season later this year.
The strawweight is 9-5 in her career, including a 4-1 mark in her last five fights.
Also, she is incredibly active on social media and loves posting pictures that are almost too-hot-to-handle.
Here’s a sampling of Herrig’s recent Instagram posts. Enjoy, and remember, she will be a focal point of TUF and the FOX Sports cameras.
Update: For all those questioning Herrig’s series of pictures, she replied to me on Twitter saying, “I was sick the past 2 days and couldn’t train. So I was very limited. Lol and I got a package of clothes yesterday). Just don’t want people to think that’s all I do. Train 2-3x a day. When I can’t I don’t know what 2 do w/myself.”
Ray Lewis likely could have made a career out of becoming an MMA fighter – had he not been blessed with becoming one of the best NFL linebackers ever.
Now that he is retired, Lewis continues to stay in “playing shape,” including a recent training session at the Blackzilians gym in Florida.
Lewis, a former two-time Super Bowl champion with the Baltimore Ravens, snapped a pic with Vitor Belfort and two Blackzilian coaches recently.